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Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions

The mapping division of Nokia has been on a roll these past few months continuously working on making the whole experience much better on Nokia devices. But that hasn’t stopped them from further improving on the HTML5 version of Nokia Maps that was launched for iOS and Android.

Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions

Infact, its progressed by leaps and bounds, a far cry from the somewhat limited experience it offered a few months ago. The new version of Nokia Maps mobile accesible at m.maps.nokia.com brings offline mapping to your navigation experience, and lets you download maps of your local area over WIFI before heading out to save on data costs.

Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions

Next, in addition to walking and driving directions, it now also offers public transport directions as well. A very welcome functionality indeed.

Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions Nokia Maps For iOS & Android Now Supports Offline Maps & Public Transit Directions

That’s not all, now it also offers guides and information about your location, along with a points of interest (POI) database that shows nearby venues for shopping, entertainment, food and so on, bringing the Nokia Maps experience on Android and iOS fairly close to the standalone version available on Symbian and the MeeGo Harmattan powered Nokia N9.

The Nokia Maps mobile experience on the iPad is very good because of the better HTML5 support, the larger screen and it to my mind it can give the inbuilt Google Maps app a real run for its money. Maps is one of Nokia’s core strengths and its been improving all the time, if you want evidence, I recommend you check out the HTML5 version of Nokia Maps on m.maps.nokia.com from your iOS or Android devices.

Exclusive: Nokia Maps Come To iOS & Android Via The HTML5 Route

Nokia recently made it clear that other manufactures of Windows Phone based devices would also have access to their famed Ovi Maps, slightly surprising, but I guess that was part of the deal they struck with Microsoft. But what’ll come as another pleasant surprise is that users on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android will not be left bereft either. Nokia’s soft launched a brand new HTML5 powered, mobile optimized Nokia Maps website that as you will see below works perfectly on Android and iOS.

Exclusive: Nokia Maps Come To iOS & Android Exclusive: Nokia Maps Come To iOS & Android

The website (m.maps.ovi.com) is still very much beta (read basic), with the last update being carried out on July 7, but you can still browse worldwide maps on the go and plan a route, both driving and walking. Coupled with access to the GPS, it lets you track your movement accurately. On Android, you get small zoom keys to let you zoom in and out, but on iOS pinch to zoom works perfectly making the experience a tad better. This is probably down to better support for HTML5 technologies on iOS v Android.

Here’s a quick video overview Nokia Maps on Android and iOS:

With the speed at which Nokia’s Maps team works, I can imagine that the website will get pretty regular updates, perhaps incorporating POI and other goodies soon. This move marks a clear assault on Google Maps which for a long time were the sole runners when it came to cross platform deployment. In a lot of countries where Google doesn’t offer navigation, Nokia Maps via their HTML5 foray have the opportunity of matching the functionality the native Google Maps app provides.

I can see Nokia going the Google way with this, offer everyone your Maps so they get hooked but keep the best experience for your own platform. If you’re wondering this is how it looks on the iPad 2.

Check out the video for the full blown overview of Nokia Maps on Android (Galaxy S2) and iOS (iPad 2).

Finally before you start making your mind about it, remember this is a soft launch, a first step so to speak.